Ian Cugley is a retired photojournalist of some 30 years having worked around the world including Sydney Australia for The Sydney Morning Herald and News Ltd now News Corp in Perth.

Mr Cugley is perhaps best known for a series of pictures taken at the Perth WACA ground that went around the world. The event, one of the most notorious sporting incidents on an Australian sporting ground, brought to Mr Cugley a long list of professional awards as well as recognition as a working photographer at the highest level.

The incident, when Australian fast bowler Denis Lillie and Pakistani captain Javed Miandad clashed after Lillie kicked the batsman caused not only uproar on the field, but around the cricketing world. The incident remains to this very day as perhaps the most significant sporting incident ever in Australia.


Mr Cugley’s work has appeared in many newspapers, in books and magazines, the Internet and television and his work has been exhibited around the world with World Press Photo exhibition including the New York Museum of Photography.

Mr Cugley has won countless awards over the years for his photography including world, national and state photography awards across all disciplines within the art of photography.

He was also made an honorary life member of the Media Entrainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) in 2006, and continues to this day writing and keeping abreast of local, national and international events.

Sadly Mr Cugley was seriously assaulted in 2009 and as a result he is largely confined to his home south of Perth Western Australia.

He has one daughter Shamara now aged 20 and two sisters Elizabeth and Margaret.

You can contact Ian Cugley at iancugley@hotmail.com and/or his twitter account cugs101

Please read about what happened to Mr Cugley and his struggle for justice against all the odds after he was brutally attacked.


Despite the terrible injuries inflicted upon Ian and his resulting incapacity to function normally, the insurer GIO continues to deny his employers culpability and refuse to accept the statement of claim as compensation. This disgraceful stonewalling of Ian’s claim by all those responsible continues to this day. The effect of continued harassment with invasive and unrelenting surveillance of Ian is both appalling and borders on unlawful behavior adding to Ian’s fear and distress.



“The True Measure of Any Society

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(a) Recurrent dislocation of the left shoulder;
(b) Flattening of the posterlateral aspect of the humeral head reflecting
a Hills-Sach’s deformity;
(c) Fracture involving the anteroinferior aspect of the glenoid labrum
consistent with a bony Bankart lesion;
(d) Fracture fragment measuring approximately 4 mm in long axis and
displaced antero-inferiorly;
(e) Another small linear fracture fragment anterior to the glenoid, within
the anterior recess of the shoulder joint;
(f) Further small fracture fragments posterior to the dominant fracture
(g) Joint effusion and fluid in the subcoracoid recess;
(h) Laceration above the left eye;
(i) Laceration to both elbows;
(j) Soft-tissue damage to left side of neck aligned with upper spine and
swelling in the base of the neck extending to the upper back;
(k) High grade partial thickness supraspinatus articular surface tear of
the rotor cuff tendon tear involving the mid to posterior tendon fibres
with insertional tendinopathy;
(l) Type 11 acrominon with mild lateral acromial downslope and
prominent subacromial attachment of the CA with mild bursitis;
(m) Early under-surface and lateral border subacromial spurring;
(n) Post-surgical changes in the anterior glenoid;
(o) Post-surgical bursal thickening and scarring of the subacromial
space and thickening over the middle deltoid musculature extending
into the triceps musculature in the upper half of the arm;
(p) Mid thoracic disc degeneration and posterior disc bulging in the neck
(q) Nervous shock;
(r) Adjustment Disorder;
(s) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;
(t) Acute Traumatic Stress Disorder;
(u) Post traumatic stress symptoms, including depression, anxiety, fear,
irritability, rages, agoraphobia, fear of the night, panic attacks,
obsessive behaviour, paranoia, claustrophobia, shortness of temper
and impatience;
(v) Chronic regional pain syndrome.
(w) sexual dysfunction.
(x) Syrinx of the upper spine.

(y) C6/C7 disc – osteophyte complex with foraminal stenosis and abutment of the exiting left C7 root

(a) prescribed pain killing medication including Febridol, Diclofenac, Oxycontin, Oxynorm, Panamax,Voltaren, Endone, Brufen, Panadeine, Prestiq, Escitalopram, Lyrica, Norspan patches, Clonazepam, Kapanol, Paracetamol, Tramadol, Naprosyn, Cymbalta, Seroquel and Codalgin Forte and, as a consequence, Coloxl and Actilax for acute constipation
(b) a surgical operation conducted by an orthopaedic surgeon, Mr
Daniel Fick at Hollywood Hospital on 15 December 2009 to carry
out repairs associated with the fracture and dislocation of the
Plaintiff’s shoulder;
(c) Physiotherapy conducted since December 2009 by Mr Alan Stacey;
(d) Hydrotherapy conducted by Carol Stacey;
(e) subacromial cortisone injection in September 2010;
(e) a surgical operation upon nerves conducted by Dr Majedi at
Hollywood Hospital for the purposes of blocking pain and on-going
consultations and drug administration to deal with pain;
(f) Psychological support by Dr Rosemary German-Belmont of Halls
Head Psychology and Psychiatrist Dr Dana Lepinzan at Peel Health
(g) Further on-going physiotherapy conducted by Adam Richardson
and others of Physical Solutions.
(h) On-going sessions with pain specialist Dr Majedi at Hollywood
Specialist Centre.
(k) Chiropractic procedures by Dr David Minns of Mandurah
Chiropractic to left side of neck near upper spine.
(l) Arthroscopic surgical procedure at St John of God Hospital in
Subiaco conducted by surgeon Mr Peter Campbell, 14 September
2011 on left shoulder joint, including decompression of the
subacromial-subdeltoid space and reconstructive surgery for the
rotator cuff mechanism and the long head of biceps.
(m) Attendance on neurologist Peter Silbert on 31 December 2010 who
conducted neurological test.
(n) Physiotherapy conducted by Ms Heather Seife of Specialists On
(o) Remedial massage conducted at Bathgate Remedial Massage by
Ms Abby Nelson.
(p) Exercise evaluation conducted by Tim Thean of Work Focus
(q) Exercise program conducted by Mr Clinton Joynes of Accelerate
Exercise Rehabilitation at the Mandurah Community Centre in
(r) Physiotherapy conducted by Belinda Copeland of Enhance
Physiotherapy Mandurah.
(s) Pain management at Fremantle Hospital from 24 October 2012.
(t) Physiotherapy conducted by Danny Divine of Miami Physiotherapy.
(u) Pain management and medical assessment at Sir Charles Gairdner
Hospital, including physiotherapy.
(v) Neurological examination and assessment by Neurologist, Dr Peter
(w) Physiotherapy by Lauren Havelberg of 4 Life Physiotherapy.

(a) extreme pain in the left shoulder as a result of the dislocation of
the shoulder and fracture at the time of assault and subsequent to
that pain varying in degree of severity depending upon the activity
engaged in and stage of recovery, with further dislocation on a
daily basis in the period between 25 October 2009 and 15
December 2009 caused by activities such as coughing, sneezing or
changing posture, and including extreme pain immediately
following an operation conducted on 15 December 2009 and an
ache at the shoulder joint with pain and spasms in the muscle area
of the upper arm and pain on the left side of the neck next to the
upper part of the spine and on-going pain following surgical
procedure conducted on 14 September 2011 in the left shoulder
region, upper left, across the left shoulder to the left side of the
neck and lower neck to the upper back including across the
intervertebral disc spaces and posterior facet joints from C4 to C7
and deformity in the left upper arm affecting the elbow joint;
(b) on-going pain and restricted movement of the upper neck;
(c) pain above the left eye as a result of a laceration ;
(c) difficulty sleeping due to flash backs and the pain and
positioning in bed for many months;
(d) extreme pain whilst attempting to pass solid waste as a result of
constipation due to painkillers;
(e) Shock immediately following the assault;
(f) Acute Traumatic Stress Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
and/or post traumatic stress symptoms, including depression,
anxiety, fear, irritability, rages, agoraphobia, fear of the night, panic
attacks, obsessive behaviour, paranoia, claustrophobia, shortness
of temper and impatience;
(g) Chronic regional pain syndrome;
(h) Adjustment Disorder.


6 thoughts on “IAN CUGLEY – WHO IS HE?

  1. Insurance companies try to drag matters out so the claimants become mentally and financially exhausted. I suggest keeping up the pressure by naming the insure reach tie and asking supporters to keep spreading the story until it’s finalised. Otherwise it will drag on and on. The lawyers love delay.


  2. Dear Ian I hope your discussions will result in justice for you after so many years of deafness on the part of your insurer. Very best wishes on a speedy resolution. As well I hope your health improves and you can look forward to a brighter future. Warm regards, Joan Sherriff


  3. Insurance companies have been allowed to get away with appalling behaviour and practices. A more rigorous system needs to be enacted to ensure people like Ian are not denied. It’s ‘game theory’ gone mad, if it wasn’t already. Money, profit and power are ruling and ‘we’ sanction it by allowing it to happen. Prayers and thoughts for you Ian.


    • Anne – you are 100 percent correct. These corporations that make hundreds of millions and have assets worth in the case of GIO and it parent company SunCorp 97 Billion, are without any conscience whatsoever. Moreover, they have the ear of government who protect their business. The process is fundamentally flawed and often results in a perverse outcome for the most vulnerable in society – injured people. It is a disgrace frankly.


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